“My research deals with real issues that business leaders face in day-to-day life... Real data and real situations come up frequently in every lecture. I want to make sure the students walk out of the classroom understanding something new.”
Andrew Rose, Professor
Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA students study with some of the most innovative, influential scholars and practitioners in the world of business today. Drawn from each school’s eminent faculty, your professors synthesize groundbreaking research and deep industry practice, incorporate the workplace experience of their high-achieving students into classroom lessons, and think boldly across academic disciplines—all of which fosters big-picture thinking for students.
Haas and Columbia Business School professors are leading creators of knowledge in their fields of specialty, and their ideas—honed through interaction with colleagues, students, and business practitioners—are put into action in businesses around the world, helping to change organizational, management, and financial practices. Both business schools have Nobel Prize winners on their faculties.
Berkeley-Columbia professors are also skilled and accessible teachers, able to convey complex issues clearly and memorably—in class, on conference calls, and over lunch. Said Patanjali Venkatacharya, MBA 2012, “I never thought accounting could be exciting, but somehow Julian [Yeo] has made it so.”
Bringing Learning to Life
From Nobel laureates to national economic advisors, members of the Berkeley-Columbia faculty are exceptionally accomplished and draw on their wealth of experience to add invaluable firsthand insights and behind-the-scenes perspectives to the curriculum—the ideal blend of academic and real-world experience.
BCEMBA students get the opportunity to study entrepreneurial finance with Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush. Professor Laura Tyson, who teaches international business in the program, served as economic advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama. In the increasingly popular field of corporate social responsibility, students study with Professor Ray Fisman, the director of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, a former consultant in the Africa Division of the World Bank, and a frequent commentator in both leading economic journals and mainstream media, including a monthly column in the online magazine Slate.
Students learn about mergers and acquisitions with Peter Goodson, lecturer in the Haas Finance Group, who spent his career in the top echelons of investment banking and, at age 27, helped found the field of M&A and was also a key player in the rise of private equity. “I’m in front of the class as someone who’s been there and worked on thousands of these transactions,” he says. “This is a practitioners’ field. What I teach students is that when looking to buy a business, you must have an original recipe—a plan for strategic and operational changes—that will improve that company. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your money.”
Key Players = Guest Speakers
Their knowledge and connections, as well as the location of the two schools in key business cities, mean that faculty members often invite guest speakers who have played a central role in the cases being studied, to take part in real-time discussions—adding a vital dimension to the classroom experience. Students have learned about venture capital investment straight from a VC partner who funded Hotmail and about Intel’s global business strategy from its Chief Strategy Officer. “Bringing in people from the industry helps us see how things are done and how we fit in,” says Sonal Sinha, MBA 2011.
Teaching and Learning: A Two-Way Street
Professor Fisman’s recent academic work with eBay, studying the value of charity tie-ins at auctions, grew out of conversations he had with BCEMBA students several years ago, including a student who was an eBay executive. Working with faculty collaborators from other schools as well as Steve Hartman, MBA ’08, Professor Fisman found that linking a product with a charity donation is an effective way to boost sales but doesn’t quite cover the bottom line—results that he now teaches in his EMBA class on markets. “This work was very much informed by EMBA students in the first place, and now it feeds back into classroom discussion,” he says. “That emphasizes the two-way benefits of the program.”
Oded Koenigsberg, who teaches marketing, also finds classroom discussions a great addition to his own teaching—and learning. “When we talk about new media, there are people in the class from Microsoft, Google, and other companies who bring their input about new media outlets,” he says. “One of the benefits of teaching in the program is that I can learn from their experience, as well.”
The EMBA Experience: Corporate Finance with Compassion
Donna Hitscherich, a Columbia senior lecturer with considerable experience in investment banking, is a frequent student favorite—“the drill sergeant of corporate finance,” says one student, “meaning she took a bunch of normal people and turned them into elite finance professionals.” A drill sergeant, perhaps, but minus the alienating edge. Says another student, “She is compassionate and cares about each of her students. She took an intimidating subject—and one I had no grounding in—and moved the needle of my knowledge in a big way.”
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